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Virginia certifies election results, but possible recounts loom

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Andrew Harnik
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin greets supporters at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

Journalists and analysts called this month’s election for Republicans a few hours after the polls closed, but Monday the State Board of Elections certified local election boards’ results.

The Board of Elections voted 5-0 to certify the November 2nd election. It makes official Glenn Youngkin’s win in the race for Governor, and the victories of his running mates.

Winsome Sears will become the first woman, and Black woman, to be Lieutenant Governor. Jason Miayres will become Attorney General as the first Latino elected to statewide office.

While certifying House of Delegates Races, the board also certified two close contests from the Hampton Roads area. Republicans won both of those, giving the party control of the chamber.

Losing candidates can now request a recount if the margin of victory is 1 percent or less.

Commissioner of Elections Chris Piper said Virginia’s new voting options and longer timeframe for voting didn’t come at the cost of a smooth election.

"Expanding access is giving more Virginia the ability to cast their ballots and do so successfully and it shows that we can still have robust competition and strong races throughout," he said.

The State Board of Elections is appointed by the governor and includes three members of his party and two of the opposition.

This report, provided by Virginia Public Radio, was made possible with support from the Virginia Education Association.

Jahd Khalil is a reporter and producer in Richmond.
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